OS X Best game to showcase rMBP graphics?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by rweiser, May 25, 2015.

  1. rweiser macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
    Hi! I just bought a maxed-out rMBP 15" (Force Touch). While I'm not much of a gamer, it would be nice to see what that machines processing can do in terms of amazing 3D graphics.
    Can anyone recommend a great game that can showcase the graphics power in my new machine?
    Preferably nothing gory, and nothing that takes hundreds of hours to master.

  2. c1phr macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2011
    It's almost more CPU bound, but I've been really enjoying Cities: Skylines. I was never a big city builder fan, but I can really get into this game for hours. It's learning curve is relatively gentle, with the game teaching you whatever you need to know as you go.
  3. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    You talking about for OS X or Windows? In any case, your system is never going to be a gaming/graphical powerhouse.
  4. Eightarmedpet macrumors regular


    Dec 23, 2013
    London's famous London
    Please let us know how well it does game... Yet to hear much.
  5. Adolf Suspended

    May 25, 2015
  6. Gwendolini macrumors 6502


    Feb 5, 2015
  7. Adolf Suspended

    May 25, 2015
    Take your gaming to a whole new level. Millions of pixels give you gameplay with more detail and nuance than you thought possible. Even in the most intense action games, super-fast processors and graphics give you amazing fluidity and smoothness. MacBook Pro with Retina display is so thin and light, you can play wherever you go. And with all the games available on the Mac App Store, you’ll have no trouble finding something to play.

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  8. Exhale, May 27, 2015
    Last edited: May 27, 2015

    Exhale macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    70% faster than a machine which mid-range desktop PCs were nearly 600% faster doesn't make it a graphical powerhouse.

    The 2015 RMPB uses the R9 M370X, which is a Cape Verde GPU. Basically, the M370x is a rebrand of the M270x, which is a rebrand of the 8870M.

    Overall performance is only slightly ahead of desktop Geforce 9 series, released in 2008. The newer GTX980 benches 700% faster.
  9. xSinghx Suspended


    Oct 2, 2012
    I'm assuming you're gaming in OSX or are you using bootcamp for Windows?

    Anyways the question of graphics is a bit tricky as more pixels doesn't equate to better. Imaginative art direction surpasses graphic fidelity any day. The first Bioshock 1 still looks amazing, better than most modern games in large part due to its art direction and design. Unlike other games, I find it doesn't suffer much to play it on a 15" screen. (This is true for FPS games in general on a macbook, Doom 3, Borderlands 2, Deus Ex: HR etc.)


    I imagine Batman: Arkham City will look pretty good for you too. I'm not sure if playing it on a 15" screen would add complication given its 3rd person nature.


    Again art direction is huge though. Something as retro as Guacamelee! (controller required) is immensely more impressive than I initially thought it would be due to it's use of color and design. http://www.gog.com/game/guacamelee_gold_edition


    But if fidelity is all your going for and you're boot camping Windows you could simply go with Skyrim and see how many mods you can throw at it until it looks like this:


    - or your laptop melts.

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